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    I have a whole collection of cheap and mid price Pres and alos the pres in the console, I could happily use any of them for anything. I have my favourites for different things but I don't care.

    Are any better than others? Subjective question, they are just different. I would love to get some Neves but the budget this studio runs at does not warrant the outlay. If something comes along at the right price well maybe I'll get some.

    Answer to the original question, yes there is a lot of hype, but there also is some difference in the sound.

    Alan

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    Many decades ago a man, very famous in audio circles, once setup 1/2doz of the then current 'hi fi' speakers and fed them with white noise via a rotary switch. The listening panel of audio worthies were shocked to hear six different 'tunes"!

    By definition, only one or none of those speakers can be giving a true reproduction of the noise. Same logic apples to pre amps.

    Dave.

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    I would hope that the majority of the preamps would be able to pass a signal unaltered except for level. Its not particularly difficult to build devices that pass a flat signal +/- tenths of a dB with minimal phase change.

    A lot of those preamps have EQ and compression components. For those of you who have a special preamp, is it because it of the unaltered straight sound, or because you like the way the compressor and EQ sound? Or do they actually have significant deviations from flat in the first place?

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    As long as the preamp I use amplifies the sound going into it to give me the level I want and doesn't hiss, I should coco !

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